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Doctors in Germany protest at a new restrictive law on tissue banks

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:774
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Doctors in Germany say that patients will suffer if a proposed new law regulating use of human tissue is passed. The law will state that donated tissue must be subject to the same strict regulation as pharmaceutical products.

    The German Medical Association and the Association of Surgeons are demanding that the law be amended so that tissues are regulated under Germany's Transplant Act rather than the Pharmaceuticals Act. This would ensure that the tissues are safe and would prevent the commercialisation of tissue donation, proponents of the law say. The law does not change the rules for tissue …

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